When you want to get better at something, you need to be able to reflect and review what you did and how you handled things. Whether it’s a task, a workday or even a week, you can rate it out of 10 to kick off your personal review process.
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To get better, you have to critique yourself, but it’s important to specify and guide where it should go. You can’t learn and get better if you’re only telling yourself that you did poorly. Sarah Chang at career blog The Muse explains the two steps you should take instead:
- At the end of the day, week, meeting, event, you-name-it, rate how you think it went on a scale of one to 10.
- If it wasn’t a 10, ask yourself: “What would have made it a 10?”
Putting a number on an intangible experience suddenly makes what was amazing or not so amazing about it a lot more clear. When you acknowledge that things didn’t go perfectly, you accept the fact that there’s room for improvement, and more importantly, what that improvement might look like. It’s an insanely easy way to gain clarity, and the approach shines a bright light on exactly what you can do differently next time.
The ratings won’t mean anything to anyone but you, but that’s the point. These are strictly for your self-reflection. The most important part is the second step: asking yourself what could have made it a 10. Perhaps a 10 wasn’t even possible in the scenario you’re reviewing, but even just telling yourself that can help you clear things up and move on. We can be our own harshest critic, but it’s important to know where the criticism, if any, belongs.